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Verse for Today

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Bright Light in the Darkness

By Bethany Davies (read her blog here)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

As Christians, God has called us to be lights in this very dark, sinful world.  We are like the moon—reflecting the light of the Son to those looking on.  We may not always let our light shine as brightly as it should.  Sometimes our “glass” gets dirtied by sin, and the only way for that to be cleansed is by asking the Lord to forgive us and He will clean our “glass” for us.  The cleaner the glass, the brighter the light shines.

Light comes in many different containers and holders.  Some are big and regal, some are small and not very noticeable, and many vary between the two.  Likewise, God has made each one of us different.  Each Christian’s job is different, but the light inside it is the same—the unchangeable Christ.

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Those of us who are small, not very noticeable light-holders might think that we’re of no use to God.  We might start wishing that we were big and regal and had something important and noticeable to do, but God needs small, not very noticeable Christians as well as the big, important ones!

The only important job that every light is asked to do is just simply to shine.  We need to shine wherever we are–at home, at school, at work.  Whether we’re shopping, or whether we’re playing, we can still have a Christ-like attitude in all we do, and that is what God requires of us to do.  True, there are some who are called to be missionaries in foreign countries, or preachers, or church musicians, or some other praiseworthy task, but God also desires those who are willing to serve in the background.  We might not be missionaries, but we can still pray fervently for those who are!  We might not be a preachers, but pray for those who are!  If we’re not in a notable spot, we should pray for those who are, that they might remain faithful.

Shining and praying are what every Christian is called to do, with every part of their being!  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31; emphasis added)

So, I encourage you dear sisters and fellow-lights, don’t let anything dirty up your glass.  Keep shining in every part of your life—it speaks more than words ever could—and keep praying.  God will bless you for shining, even though it might not seem much.  We will never know how many people have been impacted by our shining until we get to eternity, and I assure you, it will be worth it!  So shine with all your might!

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